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Bill Culhane
Thursday, May 25 2017

'The Big Bid Theory' - D+. You See ASCE U.S. Infrastructure Report Card? Gulp. Is There Any Hope?

The grades are in! We’ve been talking about various aspects of U.S. infrastructure for years. Bridges in the U.S., yikes! Mr. Greg DiLoreto, 2013 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, has spoken to Congress and now he speaks to you on our infrastructure. Report on the ASCE report card (see below), security considerations, and a look into the future. This guy knows his stuff.

Some of this news is “crazy” enough, so no #CrazyBids on this episode. Yep, we hear you, “boo, dangit, hiss”. Jim is back on the next episode!

All of that and more. A lot more!

Click below to listen.

ASCE Report Card:

To find out more about opportunities in infrastructure, or 'The Big Bid Theory', please call 888.808.5356 or go to BidPrime.
Anna Barnett
Monday, May 15 2017

Benefits Management - How are Governments Benefitting?

Have you heard? Discussion, argument, and uncertainty, on the state of healthcare in the U.S., continues to materialize in the kitchens, news mediums, social media platforms and talk shows throughout this country. Because it impacts each one of us, we should all stay tuned to witness the impassioned debate and to see how things turn out.

While there is much disagreement on which direction the U.S. should go on healthcare, there is one thing in which we can all agree. When it comes to an effective employee benefits program, healthcare is just one piece of an extensive puzzle. As the employee benefits program administrator at BidPrime, I have had a front row seat to the changes over the years, including the adjustments in employee expectations.

Regardless if you are a seasoned benefits professional, or are efforting towards improving your employee benefits program, it is advisable to stay abreast on the latest. Last week, and it's fitting since this is National Small Business Week, smallbizdaily published Rieva Lesonsky's report, 'Are You Ready for the New Age of Employee Benefits?'

Back in September, 2015, you may have read my report, 'Government Bid Requests for Human Resources Consulting, Compensation Assessment, Equity Studies'. While there are still many 100's of requests per year for those specialties, close to two years later, benefits management solutions and services are also needed by U.S. government agencies. Why would government agencies need assistance with employee benefits? Back on September 2nd, 2016, noted, "Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August, while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000." 22+ million employees equals a lot of benefits offering decisions and enrollment activity.

With that many employees to manage, and to provide benefits, the scope of the following data isn't all that surprising.

Some of the solicitation/RFP data:

Sample active bids / RFPs

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Broker MO
Healthcare Benefits Consulting Services NY
Pharmacy Benefits Manager AR
Employee Benefits Brokerage & Consulting Services FL
Employee Benefits and Payroll Services IL

If your business provides employee benefits management solutions or services, or you are an expert in the field, there are innumerable opportunities in the public sector. You have seen a bit of the data from our database. Over the past 365 days, U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies submitted a whopping 3,055 relevant bid requests. Is there opportunity for you?

To review these solicitations/RFPs, and others, please call us at 888.808.5356, or see our website: BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, May 11 2017

Bike Sharing: Industry Analysis Video Series

Next time you're in a U.S. city, take a look around. How are people moving from place to place? In more and more U.S. cities, 50+ and counting, local governments are turning to bike sharing as an alternative mode of transportation for tourists and residents alike.

Our home, Austin, is included on the list. Tim Willingham and Juan Agudelo, from Austin B-cycle, visited our studio to cover a wide range of bike sharing topics.

What Tim and Juan had to say...

  • Cities like Denver, New York and Chicago are using bike share to address transportation issues.
  • Bike sharing is perfect for that "last mile connection".
  • Bike sharing improves your mobility, but is good for your health, the economy, and environment.

With our Kevin Henderson, Digital Marketing Director, leading the way, the guys touched upon, "How do governments, even law enforcement, benefit from bike sharing?", "What does the future look like for bike sharing?", "What are some challenges in implementing a bike share program?", and much more.

You like statistics and data? You're in luck! Tim and Juan have some interesting facts and figures.

Check out the interview:

You can follow Austin B-cycle on twitter: @AustinBcycle.

For information on requests and solicitations related to bike sharing programs, please call us at 1.888.808.5356, or stop by our website: BidPrime.
Kevin Henderson
Thursday, May 4 2017

Renewable Energy Bids: Growth in U.S. Government's Investment

A little over a year ago, our Bill Culhane piloted a research team which filed a report on U.S. and Canadian government investment in solar equipment, solutions, and services. We've turned the pages on the calendar, a new administration is in the U.S. White House, and we probed to see what's going on presently across the renewable energy industry.

With the consumption of assorted industry reports as the backdrop, we looked in our database to measure public sector purchasing activity. As Culhane noted within his above report on solar/photovoltaic bid request activity, from Mar '15- Feb '16, there were 877 pertinent solicitations/bid requests. During our study, and as you'll see below, the U.S. government bid activity for solar solutions has actually expanded and the movement for renewable energy and wind energy solutions is also noteworthy.

Past: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), "collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment." As part of their reporting, the EIA released their data on U.S. renewables consumption.

Growth: In a Solar Industry report by Joseph Bebon, posted on May 3rd, 2017, "Wind and solar power provided more than half of the new electrical generating capacity added to the U.S. grid during the first quarter of the year, says a new report from the SUN DAY Campaign, citing statistics from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)."

Future: The EIA, as mentioned previously, a treasure trove of industry data, provided summaries of 'Renewables and Carbon Dioxide Emissions' past and future, "Wind energy capacity at the end of 2016 was 81 gigawatts (GW). EIA expects capacity additions in the forecast will bring total wind capacity to 95 GW by the end of 2018."

How crucial has state, local, and federal involvement been in fostering this growth, and to what scope are governments employing the technologies? For but one case, you may have read the story in Popular Mechanics, back on December 19th, 2016, 'Las Vegas' City Government Is Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy'. We suggest that Executive Order 13693, which mandates 30% of electricity consumed by federal government agencies is to come from renewable energy sources by 2025, along with local and state level initiatives will help meet EIA's and other's expectations.

Now, it's time for some numbers. In the BidPrime database, we pinpointed the following bid request data. Make note that our discovery specifically targeted the 'keywords' noted in the titles. Obviously, there are a multitude of other requirements for associated equipments, services, solutions, and expertise.

Data from Past Year

'Renewable Energy' in Bid Title

  • Total Bids: 99
  • - State & Local: 89
  • - Federal: 10
  • Leading U.S. state: New York
  • Leading federal agency: U.S. Trade & Development Agency

'Solar' in Bid Title

  • Total Bids: 1,237
  • - State & Local: 1,038
  • - Federal: 199
  • Leading U.S. state: California
  • Leading federal agency: U.S. Navy

'Wind' in Bid Title

  • Total Bids: 128
  • - State & Local: 105
  • - Federal: 23
  • Leading U.S. state: California
  • Leading federal agency: Deptartment of Commerce

Sample active bids / RFPs

Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Renewable Energy Generating Systems RI
Solar Energy Program GA
Solar PV Technical Consultant MA
Secondary Wind Generation Forecast RFP TX
Renewable Energy Resources CA

The evidence suggests that renewable energy, and the industries contained therein, are in store for extended growth. Your governments, my governments, are currently, and will continue to play a key role. We, at BidPrime, will be identifying and providing the solicitations and corresponding documentation every step of the way.

To review the bid requests and peruse the associated specifications, please call us at 888.808.5356, or visit our website: BidPrime.